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Romney’s (non) Military Record Faces New Scrutiny

posted on June 8, 2012

Reporting for the Associated Press, Steve Peoples examines Mitt Romney’s Vietnam record. He notes that although Romney protested for the war during the 1960s, the candidate also never saw combat because he secured four draft deferments. Peoples reports one deferment included a 31-month exemption as a “minister of religion” while Romney was serving as a missionary for the LDS Church in France. “A look at Romney’s relationship with Vietnam offers a window into a 1960s world that allowed him to avoid combat as fighting peaked,” Peoples writes. “His story also demonstrates his commitment to the Mormon Church, which he rarely discusses publicly but which helped shape his life.”

Read at Associated Press